Posts Tagged ‘failed’

Here’s One Reason, Just One Reason, Why the Expensive “SFPark” Surge Pricing Experiment Failed

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

One reason the federally-funded SFPark program failed is that the maximum rate of $6 per hour* was too low to garner the benefits promised.

So, as here on Chestnut Street, it doesn’t really matter all that much if the meters charge $1 or $3 or $6 an hour – during busy times, the metered spaces will be occupied like 98%+ of the time. Times like these:

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So why couldn’t a “market” pricing-based experiment charge more than $6 an hour? Well, politics.

Oh well.

Maybe the feds will give us another $20 million worth of pork and then we can do SFPark again?


*Outside of “special event” pricing, when it could/can go up to $72 an hour.

San Francisco Cityscape Overshadowed by Mount Tam

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Mount Tamalpais* (West Peak with former military base, East Peak with former ranger station)

Fog over the Golden Gate

Cityscape (with the Bank of America Building, One Rincon and the Transamerica Building standing out)

San Francisco Bay (aka the “racecourse” of the already-failed 34th America’s Cup)

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*Hey, was the top of the West Peak higher ’til the Air Force blowed it up for missile base housing? I think so.

Leaving Your Parked Pickup Idling All Day on Earth Day – Or, Is This an SFPD Bait Truck?

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

You could hear this Toyota idling from a good distance away on Earth Day 2012.

I suppose you could have reached in and used the keys to turn the thing off, but then, who knows, that’s when our Hollywood-obsessed SFPD might have swept in from their hiding positions.

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Hours later, this rig was still there, chugging away.

I don’t think that this was an SFPD operation, but you never know. You’re best off giving a wide berth and getting on to the friction of the day…

Chugga, chugga, chugga…